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Catalog Number 1987.186.001
Description Ayer's Clear Glass Bottle, n.d. Clear glass bottle with blue tint. Rectangle shape. Four seams at corners that extend along length of bottle to neck. Rectangular concave frames on center of all sides containing embossed text. Body tapers to narrow neck becoming cylindrical in shape. Neck tapers to raised ring below raised lip. Bottle is empty. Several air bubbles throughout glass.
Object Name Bottle, Apothecary
Collection 3D - Merchandising Tools & Equipment
Title Ayer's Clear Glass Bottle, n.d.
Date c. 1855 - 1865
Creator Ayer's
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "AYER'S" (Embossed on side); "COMPOUND EXT." (Embossed on side); "LOWELL / MASS. U.S.A." (Embossed on side); "SARSAPARILLA" (Embossed on side); "8" (Embossed on bottom)
Notes "The cough medicine, known as ‘Cherry pectoral,’ marked Ayer’s first step on the road to a fortune. It was followed by a strong laxative called Cathartic Pills, a blood medicine called Sarsaparilla that was supposed to cure syphilis, a cure for malaria called Ague Cure, and a hair restorer called Hair Vigor..." []
"Ayer's Sarsaparilla was an extremely popular patent medicine sold in the United States in the 1800s. It was an all-around "tonic" medicine, reputed to be good for whatever ails you..." []
Dimensions H-8.5 W-2.75 D-2.75 inches
Search Terms Bottles
Lowell, Massachusetts
Subjects Bottle industry
Bottling industry
Glass industry
Lowell, Massachusetts